Friday, June 29, 2018

A Tropical Storm

Good morning!
No... we're not having a tropical storm... Though it is positively tropical here and we could do with a storm believe me... Who ever thought that the NW of the UK would be hoping for rain? 

The title really relates to my card today ... I played with some alcohol inks and pulled out a die sent to me by my dear friend Greta. The result made me think of a tropical storm... What do you think?

I layered up that lovely little lighthouse and ran it through my big shot in a brick embossing folder just to give it some texture and used the edging of one of the wavy die frames as a base

The word sentiment is a rubon... Rememeber them? I discovered a lot of them in one of my cupboards.. Honestly I really do need to find the time (and the inclination) to have a clear out

I think the best thing to do is not to go through anything just hand over all those boxes I never open  to Pat.. Otherwise it'll be "well maybe I'll use that..." Lol! And anyway, Pat will have so much fun going through everything.

I had a visit this week from my 2 brothers... One lives not to far away and we see each other regulary but the other one I don't get to see from one year to the next so it was a nice surprise for us all to be together.

I hope you all have a super day and a great weekend and before I go a big Thank You to the team at CAS Watercolour for the HM... Made my day!

Till soon

~ Ros ~


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Club Projects and a Tutorial

Hello there...
It's boiling hot here and I'm not a fan... I don't venture out till after the sun has gone down. Mind you I only have to see the sun and I get a tan, so that's fortunate.

So... I've been working on more projects for Thursday Club and thought I'd share them with you 
First up a card

Plenty of bits for them to stick and keep them occupied ... I cut and coloured 100 fish! I even printed a blue water effect on the acetate before cutting it.

For their second project of the evening I did another free standing light up creation to go with the lighthouses that they made - It could also be wall hung if you wanted just by adding some ribbon or string to the back.


These are so easy to make but a little time consuming when you have to prepare 25 plus your sample
You can use any graphic you like but for speed I printed a card I made awhile ago to use for the BG. 

In case you want to make one of these here's how I did it

1. Take a piece of A4 card and cut it in half lengthways  - You can make 2 from one piece of A4. For my American friends you can do the same with your size cardstock... It will be slightly wider

2. Using just one of your lengths... score at ¾", 2 ¾, 3½, 5½ See below

3. Crease and fold all the score lines to make the base box and secure your candle in making sure the flame pokes out the top circle and you have access to the switch on the bottom throught the other circle.
4. Adhere the 1st fold to the upright with strong tape and attach your photo/graphic to the upright... Decorate as you wish.
If you make one I'd love to see it so let me know

Ok, that's it for now... I hope to catch up with you all soon

Have a great day

~ Ros ~

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shadow Box Card

Morning everyone...
How's your week going?

I've another shadow box card to share that I made for my old high school friend who will be celebrating her birthday soon... I made a 5x5" card this time and yes that little seagull got in on the act again Lol!
 I figured that her lovely hubby will be taking her off on some wonderful holiday for her birthday so I made my card with a beach theme

I'm getting quite addicted to these type of cards...
The background was printed but the numbers and the shell (inside) are done using the faux enamel technique with gold, silver and white embossing powders 

The trees are coloured with Copics and I stamped some birds on the BG

These cards are not easy to photograph though... That's the only downside.

It's turned cool here and it's very dull but according to the weather reports we are expecting another little heatwave... Well, so they say.

I hope you are enjoying your day, thanks for your visit

~ Ros~


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Fathers Day

Hello and happy Fathers Day to all you guys out there!

Missy my black and white cat brought my hubby a huge mouse this morning... She's been on mouse watch for a year and finally, FINALLY caught one and she was so proud ... Until I took it off her and let it go... I just can't bear to see anything hurt so he has to be content with the card I made him on behalf of the cats

 I had no idea when I added that mouse that he would get a real live one Lol! And this is the inside

Ginger boy, Missy and Tabby - That is so like Ginger to try and fit in a box that he's just too fat for.

I hope you are enjoying your day... Many thanks to the team at Just Us Girls for picking my previous card as their Chic of the Week ... Wow!

Catch you all soon

~ Ros ~

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Just us Girls Challenge

Well hello again... 

This is a 2nd post today as I've made a quick card  for 

It's ages since I played along here and the challenge finishes soon.
I'm pretty new to alcohol inks so I wanted to give it a go - Here's my card

Pat gave me that sentiment die yesterday and I had some left over die cut negative pieces from my previous card so I put them both to use

I only used two Rangers Alcohol Inks - Purple Twilight and Stream then stamped and white embossed the same image from my previous card

Going for a cup of tea now so I'll catch you soon

~ Ros ~

Flowers for a friend

It's very windy here today, well, it started last night and having a cool breeze it gave me the best night's sleep in ages!

Today I have a card to share that I made for a friend's birthday 

I printed the background onto my card using a digital image 

I'm not that good at colouring in images but now and then I like to try - For this I used Copic Ciaos

...And added some liquid pearls
The images are double cut so they have a lot of dimension. 
The stamp and die I bought on the internet and the sentiment is a favourite from WPlus 9

Wishing you a lovely day

~ Ros ~

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


I knew it... Once I got those sea dies out, I would have to make another card

This one is another one for 

And this time it's all watercolour die cuts

My friend Pat gave me some seahorse dies and I paired them with the Avery Elle coral dies

I painted various colours onto watercolour cardstock for this... It didn't look too pretty at the time but it's amazing how the colours come to life when it's cut into something. Being as it was quite thick, the detail on the seahorses shows up really well

The postage stamp is a really old wooden one and I have no idea where I got 

Did you enjoy your weekend? It was a busy one here
We had a lovely day out on Saturday and stopped for lunch in one of our favourite places in Bunbury... The church is right across the road and there was a big wedding taking place - Turned out is was Beth Tweddle the Olympic medallist. We went on to Nantwich and there was another big wedding... My, you should have seen how many Bentleys there were! 
Sunday was a day full of visitors, some expected and some not - The whole weekend just flashed by

Enjoy your day

Till soon

~ Ros ~

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Making every Piece Count

Hello again...

I didn't expect to be back so soon but I came up with a card for this months challenge at 
So here I am posting

This month's prompt is Ocean 

Oh how I wish I were near one now...

Anyway, my card is made up from those little pieces that I keep, hence the title

A tiny piece done in alcohol ink which I've used for the centre triangle and a piece done Gansai Tambi watercolours for the coral...

Does alcohol ink qualify? Maybe not... Oh well, it's the taking part that counts

I enjoyed myself that's for sure

Have a good day 

~ Ros ~ 

Friday, June 08, 2018

Shadow box card

Hello there...

Another week has just flashed by... Another hot one at that. Winter went straight into summer and last night at the club it was almost unbearable...
We made 25 lighthouses though (as in my previous post) and also this simple card to go with them.

As I had some bits left over, I thought it would be fun to make a shadow box card for my great niece Sophia who will be having a birthday soon.
I saw the video on Jennifer McGuire's blog Here. It's a super video and her cards are lovely... Do check it out

I wanted the inside to be a surprise so I just stencilled the front with balloons and here's the inside

 I love that this folds flat to mail easily and knowing Sophia she will love that it's quirky and the front really doesn't give a clue to the inside...My brother (her Grandfather) asked me to make her a lighthouse too.

I'm still struggling following the ear infections, especially with my left ear - my hubby is totally deaf in his left ear so we make a fine pair!

Have a lovely weekend everyone

Till soon

~ Ros ~


Saturday, June 02, 2018


Hey there...

I've not posted in awhile... I got an ear infection (both ears) and a sinus infection, which has made me feel a little rotten. I even missed out on a night out with the rest of the volunteers at Thursday Club....sigh
Things are starting to move in the right direction though and if it stays as cool as it is today it will make sleeping easier that's for sure

Still I've not been idle, I've been working on some projects for my club and I've just come up with this one...

Can you tell it's a lighthouse? Haha!
I get an idea into my head and then think "how am I going to make that?'  So I always do a practice run. For this I used a toilet roll covered in paper and the blue light cover is a medicine cup... Well, I couldn't think of anything else to use so I got a bunch of these really cheap and they worked... The box they were packed in came in handy too, I cut it up to make the bases. A few shells, my favourite gull and hey presto!
Anyway I'm sure my group will love them

As I mentioned, it's cooled down today and we've had some (welcome) rain...  I love to photograph the flowers when they're covered in raindrops so if you are interested here are some of my shots

I don't have a fancy camera... Just an ordinary Coolpix and it does the job.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend, I will catch up with you all very soon

Take care

~ Ros ~